Sciences

Aims/Objectives

In all Science programmes students should become aware of the way in which scientists work and communicate with each other throughout the world. All experimental Science programmes aim to:

  • provide opportunities for scientific study and creativity within global contexts which will stimulate and challenge students;
  • provide a body of knowledge and methods/techniques which characterise science and technology;
  • enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge and methods/techniques which characterise science and technology;
  • develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise scientific information;
  • engender an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities;
  • develop experimental and investigative scientific skills;
  • raise awareness of the moral/ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology;
  • develop an appreciation of possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists;
  • encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method.

All science classes take place in laboratory settings and are designed to take full advantage of the opportunities this provides.

Skills

Alongside the topics, students will also be expected to develop the skills associated with both the conceptual and experimental activity as related to the subject as well as an appreciation of the limitations of the subject, its societal impact and the responsibilities of practicing scientists in the discipline.

Assessment

In Grade 9 and 10, students are assessed using MYP criteria that focus on knowledge and understanding of science, scientific inquiry and processing data. A wide range of assessment tasks are undertaken by students. These include:

  • Designing investigations
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Observation journals / Informal observations
  • Poster presentations
  • Research essays
  • Quizzes and Examinations

The following criteria are used to assess the students' work:

A. Knowing and understanding

B. Inquiring and designing

C. Processing and evaluating

D. Reflecting on the impacts of science

Students are encouraged to develop their independence as learners through self and peer assessment.